How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture

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What to Know

  • From a web browser, go to youtube.com, select your profile picture > My channel > Profile Picture > Edit. Upload the new image.
  • On the mobile app, tap your profile picture > Manage your Google Account > Profile Picture > Set Profile Photo.
  • Your profile picture is often the first thing others see on your channel, so make it eye-catching.

This guide explains how to change your YouTube profile picture, covering how to make the change on desktop and laptop computers, and also on smartphones.

Change Your Profile Picture on YouTube in a Browser

Changing your YouTube profile picture is as easy as logging into your YouTube account.

For desktop and laptop users (Windows and Mac), here's how to change it via YouTube:

  1. Go to youtube.com in a computer's browser.

  2. Click your YouTube profile picture, in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Animated illustration of a YouTube page and a cursor clicking on the profile picture
    ​Lifewire / Chelsea Damraksa
  3. Click My channel.

  4. Click your profile picture.

  5. Click Edit.

  6. Pick the image you'd like to use as your profile picture, or select Upload photo to choose a photo saved to your computer.

  7. You should keep in mind that it may take anything from several minutes to several hours for the change to register across all relevant accounts (e.g. it's also your picture for Gmail and Google Hangouts).

How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture Using a Smartphone or Tablet

Assuming that you don't have a desktop or laptop computer readily to hand, you can change your YouTube profile picture using your smartphone or tablet. Regardless of whether you use iOS or Android, here's what you do if you have the YouTube app downloaded on your device:

  1. Open the YouTube app.

  2. Sign in to your YouTube account.

  3. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner of the page.

  4. Tap Manage your Google Account.

  5. Tap your profile picture.

  6. Tap Set Profile Photo.

  7. Tap Take photo or Choose photo.

    Screenshot of a YouTube profile picture being changed via the YouTube mobile app
  8. Either take a photo and tap the check mark, or pick a photo saved to your device and then tap Accept.

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